California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Food Scraps Management

Colleges/Universities and K-12 Schools

To reduce the amount of food scraps discarded by campuses, many institutions have implemented environmental programs that address sustainable practices.

Model Programs in California

Colleges/Universities

  • Fresno State has partnered with Fresno Metro Ministry to recover surplus food and deliver it to hungry people in disadvantaged communities. This project is also part of the Food Recovery Network. On campus waste reduction and diversion efforts include composting farm waste and exploring expansions into food service waste composting.  
  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU). LMU conserves water and saves money through sustainable design and practices.
  • UC Davis Dining Services' sustainability program reduces waste by composting, and recycling, as well as reducing use of water, energy, fuel, and natural resources. Food scraps are collected at several areas around the campus and turned into compost at the Student Farm. Pre- and post-consumer food waste and other organic materials are collected and shipped to a composting facility where it is turned into compost for farms and vineyards. For additional information, see UC Davis's composting case studies.
  • UC Davis's dual-stage anaerobic digester technology, invented by Professor Ruihong Zhang, converts agricultural waste materials, greenwaste, and leftover food scraps into a fuel mixture. This technology is used to conserve energy and reduce landfill use, thus reducing greenhouse gases.
  • UC Merced is committed to achieving zero landfill waste by 2020. This program includes pre and post-consumer food waste
  • UC San Francisco's campus wide recycling program encourages reducing, reusing, and recycling. The program includes kiosks encouraging best practices. They also have office kitchens equipped for food composting, a training video, Learn to Sort Your Waste!, and much more. The program increased the university's recycling and compost recovery rates and reduced contamination in receptacles.
  • University of Southern California in Los Angeles, is a leading private research university. They have instituted waste diversion practices to include construction and demolition debris. In 2009 560 tons that were generated on campus was completely recycled. USC’s Office of Sustainability was established in 2008, and implements sustainable practices on campus while developing innovative outreach and educational programs for the university and local community. Sustainable efforts include Game Day activities that further capture recyclable materials. Recycling and food waste bins are located throughout the campus and student volunteers help to keep this material out of the landfills.

K-12 Schools

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